Ken Leahy is a Chartered Civil and Environmental Engineer, Arup’s Europe Region Flood Resilience Leader and represents the region on Arup’s Global Water Executive. He has over 24 years’ experience in leading and managing the successful delivery of high-profile multidisciplinary infrastructure projects. He provides strategic advice to a number of state authorities and utility companies in the areas of flood risk assessment and management, climate change adaptation and resilience, engineering planning and environmental consultancy, H&S and procurement.

Ken is currently Project Director for a large portfolio of major flood relief projects, including three of Ireland’s major cities. He is Project Manager for the Lower Lee (Cork City) Flood Relief Scheme, the largest flood relief scheme to be implemented in Ireland.

Ken was also Project Manager on the now successfully completed Mallow FRS and was co-author of a technical paper for Engineers Ireland entitled ‘The Design and Implementation of Mallow Flood Relief Scheme’, which was awarded the 2009 Engineers Ireland Engineering Excellence ‘MacDonald’ Award.

Ken has been a regular guest lecturer at various third level institutes, as well as acting as an expert witness both at oral hearings and in litigation proceedings. He has presented on major flood relief schemes at national parliamentary level.